Edinburgh

I have been in Edinburgh since Saturday and have started to write down what I think is worth seeing/ doing in Edinburgh during this fringe festival.

First up Arthurs Seat, we set off around 9.30 ( we got back to the flat around 11 so we were happy with our time) and started to feel like this would be fine we were on a man made path why were people acting like this was a big deal. Boy was I wrong the path splits into the man made one for a different easier less impressive hill and the dirt path to Arthurs Seat. It is a trek but worth it as the view is amazing if you have a look at the instagram you will see its beauty and how much of Edinburgh you can see on a good clear day, the only thing I would recommend would be to wear sensible shoes like trainers or walking boots I saw one guy go and attempt it in flip flops I’m sure he is regretting that now.

Next up  Ahir Shah at the Laughing horse @ Cabaret Voltaire , I saw he was recommended by Iain Stirling on Twitter (I will also try and go see Iain later this week hopefully) put him on my to see list and didn’t think anything about it till yesterday when getting in from Arthurs seat my brother tells me he is also going to see him but we have to get there early as it would be a full room. After running around madly packing for the day we left and agreed to meed fifteen minutes before the show to get a seat, word of advice the entire pub pretty much was there to see him and half of them had already got the seats and the rest were now standing, next time I would have get there thirty minutes early just to get a seat. We all ended up sitting on the floor in front of the stage as that was the only space available. If you like left wing politics and excellent comic timing you will love him also he does a bit where he is a tree which is brilliant , I already want to go again but know I will never get a seat as he is that popular. But don’t worry if you miss him at the fringe as he is doing the same show in London at Soho Theatre early October, I feel I will be dragging my friends to see him as he is becoming one of my new favourite comedians.

After my mum, brother and friend ran out to get to another show me and my dad wondered around Edinburgh to get to our next show Mark Thomas at the Traverse. After a good pale ale we all found each other and and went in, I have never seen Mark Thomas before but my parents love him so I knew I would like it, I am so glad I saw this show not knowing what I was walking into was a nice surprise also if you love left wing politics you will also love Mark Thomas as this show is about his time as a student supporting the striking miners in 1984. With audience participation and various characters Mark tells a story about what is the truth and what is a fabricated lie to make a story good. If you have the chance to see him please do as you will not be disappointed.

 

Bye for now

Sarah

Current favourite places to eat and drink in London

Hello

I know I know its been a long time and I’m sorry but I have recently been out in London and gone a bit food and drink mad, here are some of my current favourites.

The Iron Duke

This was an accidental find as me and my mate were wondering around trying to find our way back to Oxford street from Bond street tube. Located in Mayfair it is pricey but a lovely small pub. It has the look of a classic fullers london pub with its interior relating to the iron duke and having one or two little nooks to hide in so you can drink a great beer and read a book happily. I would definitely return on a quiet day and try some more of their ales. If your in the area please find them you will not be sorry.

 

Amorino

I saw Tanya Burr had gone here in one of her recent vlogs and had to find it. They make their ice cream in the shape of roses, if you have a look at my instagram you will see a chocolate and raspberry one I got which did not last very long but was an amazing combination, they also do sorbets which look amazing and with a wide variety of flavours. I ended up getting a small and that was plenty for me but you need to eat it quick otherwise you will have a hand of melted ice cream. I am definitely  returning and trying more flavours soon.

Pix 

I have been going to Pix for years as my mum discovered it while out and about in covent garden and have been taking us since. Hidden on Neal Street near Shaftesbury Avenue this spanish tapas style restaurant is the perfect quick filling place to eat. With the website describing themselves as having exceptionally friendly and vibrant atmosphere they are right we went in around 2pm and the place was filling up.Their outside seating was full and there were only a few tables left inside, the staff were amazing and explained how the food pricing works as you have only big or little skewers priced 2.25 or 3.25 ( these may have changed I found these on the website). The best part is you don’t have to load up your plate right away you can keep going back and finding new dishes to try. I am so glad this place now has more restaurants all over London and will be visiting them very soon.

 

I will be in Edinburgh next week  for a weeks holiday ( yay woo) so you will be getting some food,touristy and possibly some Ed Fringe posts.

Bye for now

Sarah